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The Two-Way
9:59 am
Thu June 14, 2012

It's Not Only Flag Day - It's Flag Week

J. Scott Applewhite AP

June 14 is the day chosen by Congress in 1949 as Flag Day in the U.S., an action officially signed into law by President Harry Truman. But it's not just a single day - the observance lasts for a week.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Time To Tee Off: Who Do You Want To Win Golf's U.S. Open?

Tiger Woods during a practice round Wednesday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images
  • David Greene talks with Christine Brennan

Play begins this morning at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, where the best golfers from around the world have gathered for the U.S. Open.

ESPN and NBC are sharing the broadcasting duties (click here for a schedule). There's also going to be some live video streamed here.

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New In Paperback
9:33 am
Thu June 14, 2012

New In Paperback June 11-17

Girls in White Dresses book cover

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Jennifer Close, Christopher Plummer and Mohamed ElBaradei.

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Opinion
9:04 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Weekly Standard: Walker Wins Again

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker greets supporters at an election-night rally June 5, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Walker defeated his Democrat contender Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall that focused on Walker's curtailment of collective bargaining rights for public unions.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:15 am

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer and John McCormack a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.

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Opinion
9:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

The Nation: The Hijacked Wisconsin Movement

Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller greets supporters while marching at the Capitol on March 12, 2011 in Madison. The movement against Gov. Scott Walker's elimination of collective bargaining rights suffered a decisive blow after Walker handily beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:16 am

Andy Kroll is a reporter in the D.C. bureau of Mother Jones magazine and an associate editor at TomDispatch.

This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

George W. Bush's Decapitated Head Appeared On 'Game Of Thrones'

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Words escape us on this one:

During season one of HBO's Games of Thrones series, "one of the many heads on a spike decorating King's Landing belonged to ex-president George Bush," the science and science fiction website io9 reports (fair warning: if you click on that link you'll see what we're talking about, and it's graphic).

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The Salt
8:54 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Local Libyan Honey Is Sweet, But Is It Good For What Ails Us?

A jar of roadside honey from the Green Mountains in Libya.
John W. Poole NPR

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip from Tunisia to Cairo to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

He's also sharing with us here at The Salt what he's been eating.

Dear Salt,

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week; Consumer Prices Fell In May

The number of unemployed Americans who filed first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 6,000 last week from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported this morning.

It says there were 386,000 first-time filings, up from a revised 380,000 (earlier, the agency had estimated there were 377,000 first-time clams in the week ended June 2).

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Opinion
8:51 am
Thu June 14, 2012

New Republic: A Win For Walker, A Loss For Liberals

Thousands of demonstrators protest against Gov. Scott Walker's elimination of collective bargaining rights outside the Wisconsin State Capitol March 12, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Despite the high number of protesters, union membership rates in the U.S. remain near all-time lows.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:16 am

Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.

Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election probably doesn't tell us much about the state of the presidential campaign. But it probably tells us a lot about the state of American politics.

If you're a progressive or somebody suspicious of corporate power, the message is not good.

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Monkey See
8:50 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Morning Shots: Today In Awkward Apologies For Putting Heads On Pikes

If you're into the pastime of lamenting the state of publishing and bookstores, it's very important that you read this post from The Atlantic about the tiny number of bookstores that existed in the United States in 1931 and what that meant for publishing and reading. It's a great reminder. [The Atlantic]

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